Pages 92 and 93 are online!
These pages were a nightmare. Sure they look simple and basic but let me tell you something. If you are trying to cut corners to make your graphic novel go faster then you’ll end up taking three times as long to finish it because you will keep fixing things that are just pain screwed up. For example, these pages and the next two were taken right from the animated version that I made years ago because I liked the animated scene and I didn’t want to have to rethink it all again. Notice how the frames are all widescreen as if watching a movie. Well, because I just traced over the animated frames I didn’t think much about continuity. What ended up happening was the redrawing and painting of literally every frame in one way or another to make it finally fit and work. For instance, I reversed several frames in the animation and so I accidentally drew Victuals suit reversed. Then I realized that I didn’t draw his cloak on him then the gun was missing. Then the positions of characters and stuff would change from frame to frame. AHHHHH!!
You would think I would’ve looked at the previous pages before attempting to draw these, right? Well, that’s the problem with doing something like this on the side and taking months off between sittings. reMIND has been apart of my life for so long that I tricked myself into thinking that I didn’t need a recap before jumping back into it after a long pause.
Lets just say I’ve learned my lesson. Three lessons to be exact. And they are as follows.
1. Don’t just transfer a scene from animation to fit into your comic. What works nicely in motion does not always transfer over to a page with the same impact.
2. Always look at the previous pages before cleaning up the page your working on especially if it’s a continuing scene. (Especially if you haven’t worked on it in a while)
3. If you try to cut corners on your thumbnails then you will spend double the amount of time finishing the page.
That’s how it is for me anyway. On a positive note, I’m almost finished with the last few pages now. I thought I was going to be finished this week but I keep changing more spreads that had sloppy thumbnails based on animated scenes.
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